We are excited to announce the opening of our next group exhibition In Wonder, with featured artists Christian Furr, Gered Mankowitz, Keith Haring, Bridget Riley, Horace Panter, Candie Payne and Frank Bowling.
Highlights include new work from the collaborative 45RPM series by Furr and Mankowitz, who fuse the mediums of photography and painting. The collection includes unseen images of Kate Bush, PP Arnold and Marianne Faithfull, with Furr‘s distinctive palette and trademark use of diamond dust adorning Mankowitz‘s iconic rock’n’roll portraits.
Mankowitz: “Kate was a wonderful subject and I worked with her over several sessions throughout 1978 and into 79. She was always a delight and an inspiration to work with. One picture that in a way is inescapable is the pink leotard Wuthering Heights picture. It’s one of those images that has become iconic and represents so much, and that doesn’t happen very often. It has a life of its own and it has energy.”
During the 1960s Gered Mankowitz had unprecedented access to some of the most important and ground-breaking musicians of the decade. He was the Rolling Stones official photographer from 1965 – 67 and his portraits read like a who’s who of the key players at the time; Jimi Hendrix, The Small Faces, Eric Clapton, PP Arnold, Free, Traffic, The Yardbirds in addition to Kate Bush, Elton John, Slade, The Jam, Eurythmics, Duran Duran, Oasis and many more have looked down the lens of Mankowitz‘ camera.
Christian Furr first gained an international audience in 1995 after becoming the youngest artist commissioned to paint Queen Elizabeth ll. He is dedicated to keeping the British tradition of oil painting “fresh and alive as a contemporary medium” and so his collaboration with Mankowitz was a natural progression.
Furr: “It probably goes back to when we first became friends. I painted a portrait of Gered and Gered took a photograph of me in my studio in Kingston upon Thames. We had this idea to work together as artists and try and fuse the world of photography and art and do something with that as an idea and I just think Gered’s amazing archive has really lent itself to us creating a whole new thing together…”
These new 45RPM artworks will go on display alongside original darkroom photographs by Mankowitz and recent diamond dust paintings by Furr, along with a feature film screening of the pair in conversation.
In Wonder will open on Friday 21st April and will show throughout Spring.
For further details or purchase enquiries please email here for the pre-sales catalogue.